I have started some vegetable seeds indoors (SF/Bay Area) in small 1"x1" pods. The seeds have sprouted but not sure when is a good time to move them to 4" indoor pots before planting them in the outdoors vegetable box?

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It's recommended that you wait until after the first true leaves appear before transplanting seedlings.

I plant my seeds into small grow-bags made of plant-fiber. The roots can then grow right through the bottom and when this happens i know it's time to transplant. I also seed mine outside so I don't need to harden off. And I can then plant without removing the grow bag minimizing root shock.

  • Where do you get these vegetable fiber bags and do they work with a heating mat since I believe I would need some heat to germinate. Also a picture of the vegetable fiber bag would be great.
    – JStorage
    Commented Feb 20, 2016 at 20:16
  • 200 pcs plant-fiber Nursery Pots Seedling-raising bags Garden Supplies Can degrade Environmental protection Size 8*10cm s.aliexpress.com/iiyu2Yzq And I've never used a heating pad so can't comment on that. But aren't heating pads used in greenhouses etc rather then indoors. And indoors might be hot enough for germination to occur. Commented Feb 21, 2016 at 7:28
  • Thanks. Reg not using heating pads, what temperature is needed indoors (without a heating mat) to germinate vegetable seeds?
    – JStorage
    Commented Feb 21, 2016 at 19:07
  • Most will germinate at room temperature. See tomclothier.hort.net/page11.html for optimum ranges Commented Feb 22, 2016 at 3:05
  • You are full of information. Thank you for pointing everyone to these great resources.
    – JStorage
    Commented Feb 22, 2016 at 5:32

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